- TripBuzz found 36 things to do with kids in or near Roanoke, Virginia, including 18 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Bedford, Salem, Christiansburg and Hot Springs.
- From Mill Mountain Zoo to Green Ridge Recreation Center & Splash Valley Water Park, the Roanoke area offers 55 different types of family activities, including: Movie Theaters, Theaters, Water Parks and Zoos.
- As the largest municipality in Southwest Virginia, the city of Roanoke has a thriving residential and downtown business landscape. Also the states southern cultural hub, the area offers an array of dining, shopping, nightlife and recreation options. The most popular being The Center In The Square, which houses some of the areas most popular museums.
Featuring fitness equipment, Green Ridge Recreation Center offers the community amenities like exercise rooms, walking tracks, and an aquatics facility. The center has a water park with water slides open during the summer season.
The O.Winston Link Museum is located in a restored Raymond Loewy designed passenger railway station. It displays the largest collection of the famous photographer's images of life during the 1950s along the railroad.
The largest manmade star in the world is on display at the Mill Mountain Star & Park. It is considered to be a signature landmark of Roanoke and lights up the night in addition to the park activities like hiking, biking, and a zoo that surround the star.
Showtimers Community Theater is an all-volunteer organization that presents six full productions annually. Membership is open to everyone willing to help out with production and the theater contains plays such as '12 Angry Men'.
World-renowned artists can be spotted mentoring young performers at the Jefferson Center. The center features educational programs, such as the 'Music Lab' and 'Jazz Institute', and also has rooms that are available to the public for rent.
The main convention, exhibition, and cultural complex in western Virginia is the Civic Center in Roanoke. Popular Broadway shows, concerts, plays, and other events are held at the complex to entertain those in the area.
This passive recreation area features a five mile trail system, include a two mile trail to the summit of Read Mountain. Visitors who are interested in photo opportunities may enjoy the view that the Read Mountain Preserve has to offer.
At Carmike Salem Valley 8, guests can kick back, relax, and enjoy the newest movies in comfortable theaters with RealD 3D capabilities. Visitors also have access to a vast selection of buttery popcorn and other snacks.